That has got to be the most objective and fairest compariason of Andys previous attempts to take a GS crown I have ever read.
In comparison, Andy has had a mountain to climb each slam. Andy acknowledges he has to overcome the big three currently playing, two of which have been dominant several years running.
Unfortunately I dont think he will be so lucky. He'll have to do this the hard way by facing one of the aforementioned, unless one or more make an surprising and untimely exit.
The flip side of that is it will be all the more credit to Andy, having vanquished the perceived "invincibles". Not that his crtics will ever admit that!
Actually quite a few have talked about this before including myself. But it's not going to happen. One of the top three are more than likely to make the final and Andy will have to go through at least one of them. The odds are too big at the moment since all of them are playing very well. Nadal maybe failing to Novak but against Andy, he's still managing the goods. Some people just have it the hardest way and our Andy is unfortunatley one of them. I mean look at the history of this country and the burden Andy's carrying as a result. He's almost the scapegoat for it. Is it any fair? No - But it is what it is.
Though fortunately, AO is not one of Nadal's best events so there's some hope, but there's also a chance of Andy falling on the other half for the first time in years. I mean who knows. In that case, he may just have to face either Nole or Federer.
might and that's not an easy task either. So either way, it's pretty tight.
Anyway, we really need to take 1 match at time and not at all focus on anything else. So whoever is up first against Andy is now our enemy and we need to only worry about that player. No need to go any further than that.
I found a post of mine I wrote back in March last year on the other forum right after Lendl announced his interest in coaching Andy and I can see that I was in favour of it and secretly hoped for Andy to approach Lendl. Though I am sure I never really thought that it was actually going to happen given Lendl's high profile status as a player and his lack of coaching anyone at all and also, it felt like an impossible scenario/task given Andy's own independent nature and ‘do it all by myself’ attitude. Clearly towards the end of last year, he didn’t think it was enough and was willing to sacrifice the freedom he had and adored. I even remember an article I read somewhere right after the USO where he said that he had sat down with his team and told them that it was time to get serious and about time they brought something/someone new to the table. Someone with much more experience. I really think that was the time they’d decided to go with Lendl and approached him. Time will tell of course how it all turns out in the end. I really see it as a win/win situation.